Religion Book Reviews (page 176)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Some of Manning's mild recollections might work at essay length; overall, the book lacks substance and freshness. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Manning, a clinical psychologist who wrote lyrically and humorously about her battle with depression in Undercurrents (1995), here offers by contrast the pedestrian memoir of a self- acclaimed casualty of Catholicism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The circumstances surrounding the decline of a belief in witchcraft deserve an additional volume from this able researcher and deft writer. (3 maps)"
An impressively researched cross-cultural exploration of a disturbing phenomenon in European history. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"By turns dazzling, frustrating, enchanting, and vivid, this is a formidable first work whose timeliness is only underlined by recent events in the Middle East."
This debut by Elon, director of the Rabbinic Texts Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, is a haunting mixture of modes and voices. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"However, this volume is surprisingly dry, given the loaded subject matter, and will be of interest primarily to specialists."
Gilman (Franz Kafka: The Jewish Patient, 1995, etc.; Liberal Arts/Univ. of Chicago), who has previously written about physical stereotypes of Jews, turns his attention to the seemingly positive stereotyping of Jews as highly intelligent. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Like most Jewish historians, Wheatcroft vastly underrates the role of Judaism in Zionism, yet this book offers valuable historical and psychological insights into what it means to be a Zionist or a Jew."
An eloquent, thorough, and thought-provoking record of that century-old tempest called Zionism. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The most chilling, powerful, and well-written wartime memoir since The End of Days. (22 b&w photos, not seen)"
A breathless Holocaust memoir of a young man who was, variously, victim, avenger, partisan, Polish soldier, and illegal immigrant to Palestine. Read full book review >
MARTYRS by Susan Bergman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"These essays stand as a bold witness to the courage of a few who have sought God in the midst of systematic destruction."
A moving anthology that proves Tertullian's age-old axiom that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Well written and scholarly, but unlikely to fill anyone's spiritual void. (Author tour)"
Maverick Episcopal bishop Spong (Resurrection: Myth or Reality?, 1994) argues that to take the Gospels as literal history is to miss their essential point. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 1996

"One is left wanting more, though also filled with admiration for this remarkable historian's single-minded dedication to his craft."
Here, from the dean of Holocaust historians, is that rarity, a contemporary autobiography that is actually too short. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 1996

"However, what he has focused on still provides an extremely useful and for the most part well-crafted introduction to an intriguing and important subject."
What makes someone a guru (the Sanskrit word originally meant ``one who brings light out of darkness'')? Read full book review >
KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM by Rachel Naomi Remen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 1996

"Part of Remen's work is to help sick people die, but this modest volume, very like a series of meditations, will inspire healthy lives as well. (First serial to Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle, and New Age Journal; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection)"
A collection of personal anecdotes, case histories, and reflections notable for their Zen-like quality of absolute acceptance. Read full book review >
WALKING ON WALNUTS by Nancy Ring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Which explains why this book collapses like a soufflÇ that's been beaten to death. (illustrations by the author, not seen)"
Painter, poet, and pastry chef Ring uses her dual experience as a struggling artist and struggling chef as a basis for this ambitious autobiography, but it is marred by too many themes and unsophisticated writing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >